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What is a systems review?

Review of the effectiveness of implementation an organisation’s OHSMS across multi-site / department locations.

The systems review process tells you exactly how effectively your health and safety and/or environmental management systems are being implemented across specific areas of your business (either across different locations or within specific departments). This is the ideal way to prepare for a more in-depth audit.

Who is it for?

Organisation’s within any sector (of any size) who require a review of how effectively their OHSMS is being implemented across multi-site and/or departments.

Why the audit is right for your organisation

Completing a systems review will help you to understand how effectively your health, safety and/or environmental management systems are being implemented. For organisations with multiple sites, this is an effective and straightforward way to compare performances across the different locations.

  • Independent review of how effectively your systems are being implemented at selected site(s)
  • Recommendations for improvement within a user friendly report including an action planning table
  • Ongoing support to help you maximise business efficiencies from your management systems
  • Opportunity to benchmark effective management between sites
  • Provides a base point for more in depth auditing
  • A cost effective solution to maintaining health and safety standards across the business
  • Improved workplace standards across various site / department locations within a business.
  • Demonstration to stakeholders and other interested parties (including regulatory bodies) of commitment toward health and safety
  • Structured route toward continual improvement.

Why systems review?

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    Independent review

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    Benchmark effective SHE management between sites

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    A base point for more in-depth auditing

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"Our safety systems review proved very useful as an independent view of ‘where we were’ in terms of health and safety. We particularly liked the bespoke nature of the review as we were able to specify some areas. Several improvements were implemented as a direct result."

Matthew Stubblefield Health and Safety Manager, Croudace Homes.

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The audit at a glance

  • Sector specific assessment
  • Review of individual site/dept performance
  • Can be bespoke for business specific issues

How does it work?

  • On site review of relevant documentation
  • Interviews / discussions with relevant stakeholders
  • Operational sampling

What your organisation will receive from the audit

  • Summary (quantified) report
  • Recommendations and action planning
  • Benchmarking across different sites/depts.

Why you should choose us

Our audit and consultancy services are internationally recognised and are the best way to ensure your health, safety and environmental management systems (and associated arrangements) are suitable for your business requirements, promote continual improvement and are effectively implemented.

As part of our own quality control processes, we ensure:

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    Our audit and consultancy products are regularly reviewed to meet customer needs, expectations and sector best practice

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    Consistently high standards of service are achieved through a robust quality assurance process including auditor standardisation, training and performance monitoring

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    Our technical specialists serve on strategic committees for occupational health, safety and environmental standards

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    We have a unique internationally recognised best practice (five star) audit process

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    Industry recognition from awards such as the prestigious Sword or Globe of Honour

What to do next


Here is a list of common questions that people ask us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

What consultancy services do you offer?

Our health and safety and environmental consultancy services are based entirely on customer needs and involve one of our experts helping to support improvements in performance in general or more specific areas (for example: risk assessments, training needs analysis, legionella surveys, asbestos management, permit to work processes, strategic planning, culture surveys, etc.)

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What audits does British Safety Council offer?

We currently offer a range of audit products and services including our best practice Five Star Wellbeing Audit, Five Star Occupational Health and Safety, Five Star Environmental and Five Star Integrated audits. We also offer certification audits to the ISO 14001 (2015) standards and the ISO 45001 standard (when issued). A bespoke sector-specific systems review service (safety and environmental) is also available and provides a baseline indication of how effectively your safety, health and/or environmental systems are being implemented across multiple sites or within specific departments.

Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit - what is it?

Our Five Star Audit is an internationally recognised, quantified and comprehensive audit process used by organisations to compare their health and safety management system against best practice technique and current trends.

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Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit - what is changing?

The current specification continues to offer you the opportunity to progress toward a best practice occupational health and safety management system(s) and the business benefits this can produce. The specification aligns best practice safety management indicators (including leadership and stakeholder engagement) against a Plan - Do - Check - Act management model.
As part of the British Safety Council’s commitment to the continual product-improvement, together with a recognition of recent developments in legislative and safety management trends, our five-star audit specification(s) are reviewed on an annual basis.

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Five Star Environmental Audit - what is it?

Our Five Star Environmental Audit is an internationally recognised audit process used by leading organisations to compare their environmental performance against best practice and current trends.

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What is the Sword of Honour?

The Sword of Honour is an award scheme available to organisations that have achieved a five-star rating in our Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit. A separate award process is independently adjudicated and only those submissions from five star organisations, which meet defined criteria, are awarded the sword of honour status. A true recognition of excellence in health and safety management.

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What is the Globe of Honour?

The Globe of Honour is an award scheme available to organisations that have achieved a five-star rating in our Five Star Environmental Audit. A separate award process is independently adjudicated and only those submissions from five star organisations, which meet defined criteria, are awarded the globe of honour status. A true recognition of excellence in environmental management.

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ISO 45001 - What is it?

A new international health and safety standard management system standard that is expected to eventually replace BS OHSAS 18001. ISO 45001 reflects contemporary health and safety management requirements and is currently due to be published in late 2017.

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